So, I’ve gone back to the gym this week. This is it. I’m getting in shape. I swear. I’m going to loose this writer’s butt.
You guys believe me, right?
This is why I never make New Years resolutions. New season, new month, new WEEK. Heck sometimes it’s a question of a new day. As in, starting today, I’m going to eat right/go to the gym/write more pages a day… And always the same stuff.
I get so mad at myself! Why am I not more efficient with my writing? Why don’t I write as many books as author X? Why don’t I work harder at publicity? Yadda yadda yadda.
Occasionally, I worry God sits there with a clipboard, checking off attempts. “Oh, sorry, kiddo. That was your seven hundredth and fifty-second resolution to be less of a neurotic nut job. Now you just have to STAY that way. And don’t even talk to me about the size of your butt. You’ve spent all your chips on that issue, and it is non-negotiable.”
But that’s not the way it works. Thank goodness.
Last week I talked about setting goals for your writing, whether its so many words a day, or finishing by a target date. I hope you also saw where I said, if you don’t make one, set another and try again.
We can always try again. At anything.
In the “someday” stage of your writing is you never fall on your face because you never make goals. Once you do, you’re going to stumble sometimes. You’re going to miss one of your self-imposed deadlines because a kid got sick or your paying job exploded on you.
In the “someday” stage, I was never tempted to just throw my hands up and say “I’m not cut out for this writing gig.” Now, it sometimes seems like everyone in the world has got their act more together than I do. Blogging, tweeting, publicity. How do they do all that and write three books a year, too.
But then I dust myself off, get back on the horse, and say, “This week I’ll do better.”
If you stumble, don’t let anyone, including yourself, kick you while you’re down. Life isn’t like a video game, where you only get so many new lives. When you really want to achieve something, there is no limit on chances to try again.
(The title of this post comes from St. Benedict, who literally wrote the book on how monks and religious folks should live. Basically: every day is a new day. Don’t dwell on how you do yesterday, just concentrate on how you do today. Pretty smart guy, actually.)